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Master of Science tracks

Thesis track

  1. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed. These must be in accordance with the Program of Study filed by the student and approved by the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

  2. At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 series or higher). A grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree.

  3. As many as 6 credits of 400 level courses are allowed. In these courses, a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree.

  4. The program core courses and required depth/breadth courses must be completed as described in the section on course requirements.

  5. Six credits of Master’s Graduate Thesis (ECE 600) must be completed for the Thesis track. In addition to the written thesis, satisfactory oral presentation and defense of the thesis work is required.

  6. No more than 3 credits of independent or directed study (ECE 595, ECE 596) may be applied towards the degree.

  7. The thesis must be accepted for library collections. A minimum of 4 copies (2 for the library, 1 for the department, 1 for the Graduate Advisor) and others as requested by Graduate Committee members or other interested parties shall be bound.


Project track

  1. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed. These must be in accordance with the Program of Study filed by the student and approved by the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

  2. At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 series or higher). A grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree.

  3. As many as 6 credits of 400 level courses are allowed. In these courses, a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree.

  4. The program core courses and required depth/breadth courses must be completed as described in the section on course requirements.

  5. Three credits of Master’s Graduate Project (ECE 600) must be completed for the Project track. A written report and satisfactory oral presentation and defense of results are required. A copy of the report shall be provided to the department.

  6. No more than 3 credits of independent or directed study (ECE 595, ECE 596) may be applied towards the degree.


Course Work track

  1. Students who are supported by a research assistantship must complete either the Thesis or Project track.

  2. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed. These must be in accordance with the Program of Study filed by the student and approved by the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

  3. At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 series or higher). A grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree.

  4. As many as 6 credits of 400 level courses are allowed. In these courses, a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree.

  5. The program core courses and required specialization/breadth courses must be completed as described in the section on course requirements.

  6. There are two paths for the all course-work option:

    Industrial Experience and Project Equivalence: Students with at least two years of work experience may elect the all-course work option when they file their program of study provided they have demonstrated project experience. Documentation regarding work project or research experience must be submitted and approved by the student’s advisor. Approval for the All-Coursework track is determined by the ECE Graduate Committee. Guidelines for approval include that the submitted documentation must demonstrate mastery at a level consistent with the content of the program of study. Examples include but are not limited to relevant published journals, conference papers, and company technical reports/memorandums. In the case of multiple authorships, the student’s contribution must be clearly identifiable and satisfy the mastery component.

    MS Comprehensive Examination: A student may select the all course-work option and demonstrate mastery by successfully passing a mastery comprehensive examination. A student that does not pass the comprehensive examination in this all-course work option may petition the graduate committee to re-take the examination at its next scheduled offering. A student, who fails the exam once, may request to switch to other options with required approval. The maximum number of times a student may sit for the comprehensive exam is two. Students failing the second attempt of the comprehensive exam are dropped from the program.

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